Since the Concorde was retired in 2003, industry has believed supersonic air travel will not return until technology can mute sonic booms sufficiently to allow high-speed flight over land. Time savings crossing the continent—New York to Los Angeles in 2.5 hr.—would make the business case for supersonic transports far stronger than if such high speeds were possible only over the ocean. Then along came the entrepreneur. Denver-based startup Boom Technology is not waiting on ...

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